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Here we are, mid-February, and well into our new year. Our resolutions are either sticking or falling off the wagon. For myself, I’ve been pretty much sticking to my New Year, New Me goals.
This year I really wanted to focus on a low-carb lifestyle and falling in love with fitness again, so that’s what I’m doing. There are some habits that I think every fitness lover, athlete, and even fitness newbies need to have.
NO. 1 HYDRATION
If you had choose between all these habits, this one is the most important one to have! Your body literally cannot function properly without being hydrated. When you workout, you’re losing water and dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, severe case of DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), and even dizziness and vomiting.
So it is very important to stay hydrated before, during, and after working out. I’m currently obsessed with wanu water because it’s sugar free and includes essential nutrients like B Vitamins (for energy), K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Fiber and antioxidant Vitamin E. It’s perfect for staying hydrated on the go, mixing with a pre-workout, drinking during a workout, or even using it as a base for post-workout smoothie! The combinations are endless!
I picked up my wanu water at Von’s just down the street from my house. They have Peach Passion, Kiwi Cucumber and Watermelon Raspberry. Watermelon Raspberry is my absolute favorite! You can save $1.00 when you purchase any two (2) 16oz bottles of wanu using this coupon (exp. 12/31/18).
NO. 2 STRETCHING
Stretching is my second most recommended habit. It’s often put on the back burner of things to do in our health and fitness routines. Incorporating stretching not only helps lengthen our muscles but it prevents injury, soreness, and helps improve performance.
Always remember to warm-up the body before working out with dynamic (moving) stretching and cool-down with static stretching. Even just doing that small part will make a world of difference. I also like dedication 1-2 day to yoga or foam rolling just to give my muscles some extra love.
NO. 3 SLEEP
Essentially sleep is the time for your body to replenish cells and your muscles and other tissues. So, getting adequate sleep into your routine helps your body recover properly.
To get a better nights rest, make sure you’re not taking pre-workouts too late in the day. Working out in the evening also boost energy levels and can cause you to feel more energized than relaxed. This could lead to restlessness and problems trying to get some shut eye. Avoid late nights at the gym (unless it fits your schedule like night shifts) and avoid consuming caffeine too late in the day.
NO. 4 MIX THINGS UP
This is a habit I’ve been working on a lot this year. Mixing things up. What does this mean exactly?
Well if you’re into lifting weights, don’t forget to add some endurance training, cardio, and stretching exercises too. Or if all you do is cardio, don’t forget to add some weighted exercise a couple times a week.
My current routine is weights and HIIT workouts 3x a week, endurance and cardio 2-3x a week, and at least 1 stretching session.
NO. 5 LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
When it’s all said and done, listen to your body. You body knows best and will tell you when you’re pushing it a little too far or it needs some rest. If you’re feeling really tired, your body might be fatigued from lack of rest or dehydration.
Always listen and never ignore what the hints your body is dropping on the daily.
xoxo // christine